You don’t need to go to Germany to enjoy Oktoberfest. Sure, it would be nice, but even if you can afford the flight, the Euro’s exchange rate would destroy your wallet. I say stay in town, grab some friends, and drink some beer at one of these places.
230 FIFTH: 230 5th Avenue (Gramercy) From September 22 to October 7, (4pm to 4am from Sunday to Fridays, and 10am to 4pm on Saturday and Sundays), five German beers will be showcased at this amazing NYC rooftop. On September 29, from 12pm to 6pm, 230 FIFTH will kick off the celebration with German music, German inspired games and prizes. Best yet, no cover and really good prices.
508 GastroBrewery: 508 Greenwich Street (Hudson Square). 508 will have special beers available for the Oktoberfest celebration starting September. The fourteen beers were selected by brewmaster and founding member of NYC Brewers’ Guild Anderson Sant’anna De Lima. What’s really cool…they even included a Gueuze.
Alobar: 46-42 Vernon Bldv (Long Island City). Hop on the 7 train on October 6th, get off at Vernon Boulevard and head to Alobar. They will be hosting a Flying Dog Brewery Octoberfest dinner. 5 courses, 5 beers, $50 per person. Sounds like a fine deal to me.
Edi and the Wolf: 102 Ave C at 7th St (LES, Alphabet city, East Villag). Edi & the Wolf is celebrating from Sep 22-Oct 7, with an authentic cheddar bratwurst and HofbrÃ¤u Oktoberfest Beer for $16.
Pier NYC: 425 Main Street (Roosevelt Island). Their Oktoberfest menu offers traditional German dishes including potato pancakes, and sauerkraut balls. If you’re a wurst enthusiast, they’ll have plenty too: bratwurst, weisswurst, bockwurst, and even Hungarian Kolbase. Besides, you can bring the kids and have a great view of NYC.
R Lounge: (At the Renaissance New York Times Square). R Lounge will be joining the celebration with two special dishes for their menu: housemade spaetzle with truffle mushroom ($16) and a warm pretzel paired with Saranac Oktoberfest or Saranac Pumpkin Ale (a bargain at $10).